In a game defined by numbers, three in particular have stood out for the North Carolina men's basketball team this season. Here is a look at several stats that have defined UNC's 15-6 start to the year.
12.52 bench points per game - ranked 340th nationally
The Tar Heels have been known to rely heavily on their starters, but to this point in the year, there has been a significant drop-off in impact when head coach Hubert Davis turns to his bench.
Behind an experienced group of starters, the next six leading scorers — Puff Johnson, D’Marco Dunn, Seth Trimble, Tyler Nickel, Jalen Washington and Dontrez Styles — have far fewer minutes under their belts.
It’s no secret that the Tar Heels still rely on heavy minutes from their stars. UNC is the only team in the ACC with three scorers ranked in the conference's top 10 — RJ Davis, Caleb Love and Armando Bacot. Pete Nance has also been a reliable option, as he’s currently averaging nearly 11 points per game.
It’s been a while since the bench has truly made an impact. In early December, first-years Trimble and Nickel combined for 14 points at Virginia Tech. But since then, any sign of that composure and confidence has vanished in the secondary unit.
18.4 free throws made per game - ranked No. 3 nationally
In his time at the helm of the North Carolina program, Hubert Davis has pushed his players to attack the basket rather than settling for outside shots.
This year, the team has gotten to the line consistently, as almost a quarter of UNC’s points this year have come at the charity stripe. The Tar Heels rank third nationally in free throws made and sixth in free throws attempted per game.